By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service - With thousands of consecrated men and women filling St. Peter's Basilica, the  pope said he wanted to ask three things of the world's religious during the Year  of Faith.

First, he said, they should meditate on that "'first love' with  which the Lord Jesus Christ warmed your hearts, not to be nostalgic, but to fan  that flame."

"To do this, you must spend time with him, in the silence of  adoration, and then you will reawaken the desire and the joy of sharing his  life, his choices, his obedience of faith" and "the radical nature of his love,"  the pope said.

The pope also asked the religious to recognize "the wisdom  of weakness," modeling themselves after Christ who emptied himself completely  out of love for God and God's creation. "In the joys and afflictions of the  present time, when the difficulty and weight of the cross make themselves felt,"  he said, recognize that "precisely in our limits and human weakness we are  called to live in conformity with Christ."...

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